The Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia and one of the finest historical museums worldwide as it houses the only remaining intact 17th century ship in the world, the Vasa. The museum was inaugurated in 1990 and the presence of the impressive ship absolutely dominates and guides the full visit rich in contextual explanations, historical artifacts and reconstructions. Salvaged in 1961, the Vasa ship was built by the Swedish crown to participate in the Thirty Years War, which involved most European countries in the middle of the 17th century. Born with the aspiration to be the leading warship of the Swedish army, the Vasa sank the day of her maiden voyage, on August 10, 1628.

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